- AFRICA: Liberian activists reported the passing of a new national law that creates reserved parliamentary seats for women, young people, and people with disabilities.
- AMERICAS: An attack on a Mexican military convoy in Sinaloa state, most likely carried out by El Chapo’s sons, killed five soldiers.
- ASIA: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye called on North Koreans to abandon their country and defect.
- EUROPE: Turkish authorities detained 15 staff from Ege University for suspicion of ties to Fethullah Gulen.
- MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, the largest hospital on the rebel-held side of Aleppo was struck by barrel bombs.
- COMMUNICATIONS: A German technology law firm filed a complaint with prosecutors alleging that Facebook broke national laws against hate speech, sedition and support for terrorist organizations.
- Kashmir: Pakistan and India exchanged fresh fire across the Line of Contact
- Two days after Indian troops carried out a series of strikes across the Pakistani side of their dividing line in disputed Kashmir, officials said there had been cross-border skirmishes further south.
- Although there were no casualties, the pre-dawn exchanges heightened the fear among villagers living along the border, tens of thousands of whom have already been ordered to leave home.
- Pakistan and India accused each other of provoking the incident.
- UN chief Ban Ki-moon offered to mediate between the nuclear-armed neighbors following an alarming spike in tensions.
- CNN, AFP, Reuters, Xinhua
- Region: The Algerian Defense Ministry announced the arrest of five armed Libyan militants on the border between the two countries. (Xinhua)
- Egypt: The Hasm militant group claimed responsibility for Thursday’s attempted assassination of the deputy prosecutor general. (AFP)
- Liberia: Activists reported the passing of a new law creating reserved parliamentary seats for women, young people, and people with disabilities. (Reuters)
- Republic of Congo: Armed men attacked a train carrying security forces in the Pool region, killing several people. (AP)
- Mexico: An attack on a military convoy in Sinaloa, most likely carried out by El Chapo’s sons, killed five soldiers. (AFP)
- Venezuela: The country entered the final 100 days during which President Nicolas Maduro can be recalled and new elections held. If a recall takes place after 10JAN, new elections will not be held, and instead Maduro’s vice president would take power. (AFP)
- Hong Kong: Leader Leung Chun-ying called on the city to unite behind the current political system and silence calls for independence from China. (AFP)
- South Korea: A government representative announced that the country’s cyber command, which was established to counter external hacking attempts on the military, was hacked last month. (Yonhap)
- South Korea: President Park Geun-Hye called on North Koreans to abandon their country and defect. (AFP)
- France: Authorities charged a 15-year-old high school student on suspicion of wanting to commit a terror attack directed by a Syria-based jihadist. (AFP)
- Turkey: Authorities detained 15 staff from Ege University in the city of Izmir; they are suspected of links to Fethullah Gulen. (AFP)
- United Kingdom: Prime Minister Theresa May said that the Scottish government will not have veto power in Brexit negotiations. (Reuters)
- Israel-Palestine: An Israeli soldier was stabbed in the West Bank town of Qalandia, and the Palestinian attacker was shot and killed. (AFP)
- Syria: The largest hospital on the rebel-held side of Aleppo was struck by barrel bombs. (AFP)
- Syria: A Russian newspaper reported that the country is sending more warplanes to the country to ramp up its air campaign. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Communications: A German technology law firm filed a complaint with prosecutors alleging that Facebook broke national laws against hate speech, sedition and support for terrorist organizations. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Tropical Storm Chaba
- Location: 751 NM SE of Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan
- Winds: 57 mph
- Movement: NW at 11 mph
- Hurricane: Hurricane Matthew
- Location: 430 miles SE of Kingston, Jamaica
- Winds: 160 mph
- Movement: W at 7 mph
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Colima, Mexico
- Ash eruption. (Reuters)
- Volcanoes: Katla, Iceland
- Aviation alert raised following earthquakes. (Reuters)
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 30SEP: 195,809 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
- Confirmed Cases as of 30SEP: 107,481
- Deaths as of 30SEP: 108
- Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 74 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 16SEP: 1,806 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey, The Philippines, Germany, China, South Korea, and the US)
- Deaths as of 16SEP: 643 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 22SEP: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
- Outbreak Terminated as of 22SEP: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
- Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 22SEP: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02OCT)
- Global: International Day of Non-Violence – 2007
- Azerbaijan: Pope Francis to visit
- Cape Verde: Presidential Elections
- Colombia: Referendum on peace agreement with FARC
- Guinea: Independence Day – 1958
- Hungary: Referendum on EU Migrant and Refugee relocation scheme
- India: Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday – 1869
- India: PM Modi to ratify Paris climate agreement
- Judaism: Rosh Hashanah (to 04OCT)